Call for 18-month implementation period before introducing clin neg fixed costs

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13 July 2016


Dixon: lobbying health minister

Dixon: lobbying health minister

The Law Society has asked the government to give lawyers 18 months to prepare for fixed costs in clinical negligence work, it has emerged.

It comes as uncertainty remains over if and when the reforms to personal injury (PI) claims will move forward.

Our sister site Litigation Futures understands that the clinical negligence reforms will be going ahead, but there has been no word on what is happening with the increase in the small claims limit for PI and end to general damages for soft-tissue injuries since the end of the government lockdown for the EU Referendum.

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The reforms and how the profession should respond to them will be the subject of debate at this year’s PI Futures conference on 22 September in Liverpool. See here for full details.



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